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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team kept their winning streak intact at six games Friday as they rolled Claremont-M-S 11-4 to open the three-game series.
Whittier never trailed in the game and got a quality start from sophomore Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) who went 6.0 innings strong giving up four runs on six hits with five strikeouts. He improves to 3-2 on the season. In relief came Jack Silva (Katy, TX) who threw the final 3.0 innings scoreless surrendering just one hit with three punch outs as he picked up his first save on the season.
The Poets got on the scoreboard quickly in the 2nd Inning bringing across two runs behind a Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) double to right center and a Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.) single to left. The very next inning WC added to their lead this time as Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) would bring in Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) with a sac fly.
Then in the 5th, the Poets opened the game up with a three spot with Castro walking in a run followed by a Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) base knock to left center that plated two.
CMS however didn't go away quietly getting four back in the bottom half of the frame sparked by a Gavin two-run blast to left center that cut the deficit to two. But that's as close as they would get as the Poets would answer with another five in the top half of the 9th. Samsing doubling down the left field line, Tuerffs driving in another with a sacrifice fly and Angulo capping it all off with a three-run shot to left center.
Angulo finished 3-5 on the day with two runs scored and four runs batted in. Mulrooney was 2-6 coming in twice and driving in another and Samsing was 2-4 with a run scored and three RBI's. Other multi-hit players came from Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) who was 2-5, Tuerffs who was 2-5, and Castro who was 2-2 with two walks.
Whittier wraps up the series tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 with a doubleheader. Game slated for 11:00am and 2:30pm. Senior Day festivities will also take place beginning at 10:45am.